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Sunday 20 March 2016

IDS Knifes Dave And George

He rambled. He coughed. He coughed rather a lot, so much that the host of The Andy Marr Show (tm) had to repeat one of his questions. But Iain Duncan Cough made sure, during that interview, that he had taken out his dagger and put it into both Young Dave and his next door neighbour Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the seventeenth Baronet. They were the bad guys, and he was the one who really cared.
There was, of course, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, only one thing wrong with this idea - it was bollocks. Duncan Cough remained in post at the DWP continuously from the 2010 General Election until he flounced out at the end of last week. It was on his watch that the disabled were hammered by ridiculous Work Capability Assessments, benefit cuts, Motability cuts, and an endless campaign of press denigration.

He could, and should, have called the Tories’ press pals off. He did not. The idea that he was, as he put it to Marr, “Semi-detached” from all of this, is not credible. He ought to think himself lucky that the strongest language Cameron used in response to his resignation was to call him a “Shit”. His shambling exposition, in which he was reduced to trowelling on his love for his country and pretending to care, will persuade nobody.

No, Duncan Cough’s resignation is about many things, but giving a crap about others is not one of them. Ros Altmann was right that part of it is about the upcoming EU referendum campaign. Allied to that is a direct attack on PM and Chancellor, as he told that “we are drifting in a direction that divides society not unites it”, which is as clear a signal as any to other ministers who may also be thinking of resigning.

Another reason he has gone may be down to Universal Credit, the system dreamed up to simplify payment of benefits. It’s designed to give access to all benefit entitlements if only one is requested - so anyone making an application does not have to fill out a whole range of forms and undergo the same range of questions, vetting, and other enquiries. It sounds straightforward enough. But it could end up costing the Government dearly.

Why so? Well, the amount unclaimed in benefits has been recently put at as much as £24 billion a year. But Universal Credit would all but eliminate that - provided one benefit is claimed, all others would automatically kick in. Duncan Cough’s flagship benefit reform could end up costing his own Government tens of billions of pounds. Yet none of his colleagues seem to have figured this out - yet.

All of which means that Duncan Cough has shafted his party several times over with his resignation, his wayward self-justification on the Marr Show, and the financial time bomb of Universal Credit he has activated and left slowly ticking down with nobody yet looking to defuse it. Will his successor abandon it, after all the resources that have been expended so far? Don’t bet against it. The aftermath of Iain Duncan Cough has hardly begun.

The only fortunate number for Cameron is that it took his mentor “Shagger” Major little over four months before his post-election world fell apart in 1992. Dave has had the best part of a year. And it will only get worse, unless of course you are one of those who looks upon politics as being an excellent spectator sport.


Anonymous said...

There is something else apart from merriment at the sight of tories eating each other's liver.

Every now and then some tory Nastzi gets trotted out to use the phrases "compassionate conservative" or "progressive tory." Right on cue, various such glove puppets have surfaced during this most recent handbagging.

The problem for those propagandists is that there is no such thing as "compassion" or "progress" anywhere in the history of the party they promote. Quite the opposite. Nor is there any record of anyone ever having met a tory who promoted these virtues.

On the other hand there are plenty of examples of tories robbing from the most vulnerable to enrich themselves and their supporters. Do we really need to list them?

Duncan Smith is of course a total hypocrite. Which makes him a typical tory.

TheMurf said...

Didn't the DWP under IDS suck in some of the Taxpayers Alliance junta and adopt their pravda like media tactics with similar disregard for statistical accuracy?

DBC said...

Perhaps he has taken on board what happened to his colleague Esther MvVey who was shown the door by the good voters of the Wirrel for her part in screwing the poor and disabled.

Anonymous said...


The Wirral seems to be particularly prone to that kind of reactionary. Currently they have Frank Field foisted on them by New Labour HQ - after he was deselected by the constituency party. Previously they had Geoffrey Howe who lasted two years before being booted out (You remember him: he wanted, as revealed by released cabinet papers, like Brittan and Jenkin, to remove all mention of Merseyside, 2 million population, as "a social and economic entity" in a press release). Before him there was Selwyn Lloyd who wanted to reintroduce hanging, and, if not, judicial murder by injection.

But the harridan McVey wasn't and isn't on her own. Check out that screaming nutjob Anna Soubry for the latest version of female tory Nastzi.

The tories can scarcely get worse without finally openly espousing fascist and racist measures. Disgusting people the lot of them.

DBC said...

I live in the Est Midlands and we seem to get that Soubry woman featured on our local TV news at least a couple of times a week.